Welcome from Dr. Podolsky

Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D.
Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D.

UT Southwestern Medical Center is distinctive for its overall quality and for the strength of its three core missions of education, research, and patient care. These mission components are highly interdependent; each is integral to and enhances the others. The results of basic science, translational, and clinical research inform the patient care we provide; research projects are influenced by the desire to understand the causes of disease and the hope of designing new—and effective—treatments and cures; and our students and trainees are exposed to innovative scientific thinking and clinical expertise, and in turn, stimulate our faculty to remain at the cutting edge of their fields. UT Southwestern is proud of its distinguished record of breakthrough scientific discoveries, outstanding medical education and training, and excellence in patient care. Founded in 1943 as a private medical school by a group of prominent Dallas citizens, it became part of the University of Texas System in 1949, and has evolved over the years to become one of the leading academic medical centers in the country. 

UT Southwestern consists today of three degree-granting schools and a University Health System of hospitals and clinics. Its faculty is renowned for including five Nobel Laureates (one now Emeritus) and many members of the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine, and UT Southwestern Medical Center is either nationally ranked or rated as high performing in a dozen specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The initial connection with the Dallas community has been sustained, and their ongoing interest and generosity have been fundamental to UT Southwestern’s growth and success. 

UT Southwestern contributes to the Dallas community and North Texas region in multiple ways. With about 12,000 employees and an operating budget of close to $1.86 billion, the Medical Center is a major source of jobs and economic activity for Dallas. UT Southwestern faculty receive over $400 million a year in external funding for research, and as an extension of our research mission, UT Southwestern promotes technology transfer activities that lead to the creation of companies aimed at translating research results into therapeutic agents.

In regard to clinical care, UT Southwestern contributes directly and indirectly to the quality of health care available to those who live in Dallas and North Texas. More than 60 percent of the physicians who practice in the area were trained at UT Southwestern, and in addition to the care provided by UT Southwestern faculty physicians to patients at our affiliated partners – Parkland Memorial Hospital, Children’s Medical Center, and the Dallas VA Medical Center – UT Southwestern University Hospitals (Zale Lipshy and St. Paul) provide members of the Dallas community access to the most advanced care for the most serious medical problems. St. Paul University Hospital is a designated stroke center, and our Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in North Texas. 

Prompted by the need to replace St. Paul University Hospital, UT Southwestern is currently building a new University Hospital to replace the aging facility. The new hospital is scheduled to open in late 2014, and it is designed to be an expression of our commitment to delivering high-quality, patient-centric care that reflects the integration of our academic and clinical missions.

UT Southwestern is committed to remaining at the forefront of scientific research; to educating and training physicians, scientists, and health care professionals for the changing landscapes of health care delivery and of biomedical and clinical research; and to providing excellent and innovative patient care. The leadership, faculty, staff, and students of UT Southwestern Medical Center are proud to be engaged in creating the future of medicine, today.